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Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania
Conservarea biodiversităţii şi dezvoltare comunitară în Transilvania

Innovative tourism

Agro-tourism and nature tourism can contribute significantly to the continued economic viability of this special area, providing a direct link between the high nature landscape and local incomes.

While continued traditional land management is the key for the survival of the landscape and the biodiversity of the area, additional income for farm households from agro-tourism and nature tourism is very important for the long term viability of the small-scale farming communities. ADEPT is active in agro-tourism training and marketing to promote the expansion of the network of bed and breakfast accommodation, and associated activities, in the area.

If tourist development is sensitive and relatively small-scale, it need not detract from the special atmosphere and biodiversity of the region, but can actually support it.

Fundatia ADEPT and local partners have established the Tarnava Mare Tourist Association, promoting responsible tourism across the area under the name Discover Tarnava Mare.

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This website provides information, in English and Romanian, for people interested in visiting the area, and for those interested in obtaining the special local products of the area.

Linking visitor experience with local incomes

Tourism will provide not only income for guest house owners, but also a market for many local products, in which local skills and good management are recognized and properly valued. It is an ideal way to get money directly to local prodcuers, especially women.

There is now a wide range of food, culture and walking activities for tourists visiting the Tarnava Mare area, available both to independent travellers and through tour operators. They are described in a series of booklets - Food and Culture, A Taste of Transylvania, Tarnava Mare Walking Trails (which includes detailed route descriptions). These can be obtained free from the Tourist Information Centre and other tourist outlets in the Tarnava Mare area, or downloaded from our publications section.

flower activites and tourist courtyard    
Guided botanical walks are a highlight for tourists.  The farmhouse courtyards are a perfect place to eat, and rest, after excursions in the area.

beekeeping and bread oven

Activities include visits to sheepfolds to see traditional cheesemaking, ‘Meet the Bees’ with local honey-prodcuers, and seeing traditional bread baking.

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Information and local economy

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Innovation and local products




Tourist Information Centre

Fundatia ADEPT runs a Tourist Information Centre in Saschiz to give visitors information on the area and help them to find local accommodation.

Local produce including jams, honey, baskets and other crafts are on sale. Postcards and other gifts are also available. Guided tours can be arranged.


Walking brochure

The ancient cart-tracks between villages are being marked and mapped so that visitors can move from one village to another on foot, horseback and mountain bicycle, as well as the traditional horse and cart, to establish a network of villages offering accommodation and food.

Walking brochure
Tarnava Mare Walking brochure with detailed maps of the long-distance trail and shorter walking routes in the area.

publications for download.


Tourist maps

Tourist mapADEPT, in collaboration with designer Bogdan Florescu, has published a series of tourist maps:

1:50,000 map of the Tarnava Mara area

1:25,000 map of the Ţara Branului area
Available from Saschiz Tourist Information Centre, and by ordering here: see publications for more information.

Sponsorul Oficial - Fundația Orange România